The sinking of the Titanic marks one of the greatest tragedies in history. This year, 2022, marks the 110th anniversary of the sinking, leading many to wonder when it set. Let’s explore a timeline of the ship’s final hours.
Many know the tragic fate of the ship from the blockbuster film. The RMS Titanic was a British luxury passenger ship that was considered unsinkable. However, on April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank, killing 1,523 people.
When did the Titanic sink?
The Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912.
The colossal ship, carrying 2,200 passengers and crew, had collided with an iceberg two and a half hours earlier.
The ship was commanded by Senior Captain Captain Edward Smith. At 09:00 on April 14th the Titanic’s radio operators received their first ice drift warning, let’s discover a timeline of what happened next.
The final hours of the 110th anniversary have been released
11:00 am: Captain Smith has canceled Titanic’s first lifeboat exercise due to high winds. Little did they know that 13 hours later, the lifeboats would become a crucial issue in the Titanic’s evacuation.
7:20 p.m.: Reports consist of three large icebergs. Captain Smith is away eating with passengers who are traveling first class.
21:40: Another ship, SS Mesaba, reports several icebergs 15 miles in front of the Titanic.
10:55 p.m.: Another warning comes from a nearby liner, Californian. However, the Titanic continued at full speed.
23:39: The Titanic is now 400 miles south of Newfoundland and despite the multiple warnings she continues to cruise two knots slower than her top speed of 24 knots.
11:40 p.m.: A lookout spotted an iceberg so the engines were reversed and the ship steered to avoid a direct collision. However, the Titanic brushed the side of the iceberg.
11:45 p.m.: Titanic’s engines are all off, but she’s still drifting. Five compartments were torn open by the collision. Chief architect Thomas Andrews predicted that the Titanic would be completely submerged within a few hours.
00:00: Smith orders the lifeboats and evacuation of the people. The Titanic has 20 lifeboats with a capacity of 1,178, which is just over half the people on board. Stewards knock on cabin doors to wake passengers as there was no PA system. In the premier lounge, the band plays to entertain those waiting for the lifeboats.
The tragic fate of the Titanic
00:20: The Titanic sends out distress signals.
12:25 a.m.: 45 minutes after the collision, 13,700 tons of water were in the ship.
00:45: The first Titanic lifeboat is launched with only 27 people on board, 38 short of capacity.
01:30: The ship’s down angle has increased to 10 degrees.
01:35: The engine room is flooded.
02:05: The last of the 20 lifeboats are lowered from the ship.
02:15: Titanic’s downward angle steepens as water rushes in and a wave washes people into the ocean.
02:18: Titanic splits in two.
02:20: The ship disappears completely under the surface of the Atlantic.
04:00: The rescue of the survivors begins as soon as they are brought aboard the Carpathia ship.
4:10: The first lifeboat is picked up.
08:30: There are no more survivors to rescue.
08:50: The last survivors are now on board the Carpathia and are being transported to New York City.
April 18, 9:30 p.m.: Carpathia arrives in New York. Only 705 Titanic passengers and crew made it to New York.
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